The Inca

Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss how the people of Cusco, in modern Peru, established an empire along the Andes down to the Pacific under their supreme leader Pachacuti. Before him, their control grew slowly from C13th and was at its peak after him when Pizarro arrived with his Conquistadors and captured their empire for Spain in 1533. The image, above, is of Machu Picchu which was built for emperor Pachacuti as an estate in C15th.

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  • Frank Meddens No other episodes
    Visiting Scholar at the University of Reading
  • Helen Cowie No other episodes
    Senior Lecturer in History at the University of York
  • Bill Sillar No other episodes
    Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Archaeology at University College London

Reading list

  • The Oxford Handbook of the Incas
    Sonia Alconini and Alan Covey (Oxford University Press, 2018)
  • The Incas
    Terence D'Altroy (Wiley-Blackwell, 2003; 2nd edition 2014) Google Books →
  • Ancient Cuzco: Heartland of the Inca
    B. Bauer (University of Texas Press, 2004) Google Books →
  • The Power of the Huacas: Change and Resistance in the Andean World of Colonial Peru
    Claudia Brosseder (Texas University Press, 2014) Google Books →
  • Llama
    Helen Cowie (Reaktion Books, 2017) Google Books →
  • The Columbian Exchange: Biological and Cultural Consequences of 1492
    Alfred Crosby (Greenwood Press, 1972) Google Books →
  • The Incas
    Nigel Davies (University of Colorado Press, 1995) Google Books →
  • Potato
    Rebecca Earle (Bloomsbury, 2019) Google Books →
  • Monuments of the Incas
    J. Hemming (2nd edition, Little Brown, 2010) Google Books →
  • Inca Settlement Planning
    J. Hyslop (University of Texas Press, 1990) Google Books →
  • Ancient Inca (Case Studies in Early Societies)
    A. L. Kolata (Cambridge University Press, 2013) Google Books →
  • The Last Days of the Incas
    Kim MacQuarrie (Simon and Schuster, 2008) Google Books →
  • Inca Sacred Space: Landscape, Site and Symbol in the Andes
    F.M. Meddens, K. Willis, C. McEwan and N. Branch (eds) (Archetype Publications, 2014) Google Books →
  • The Incas: Lords of the Four Quarters
    Craig Morris and Adriana Von Hagen (Thames and Hudson, 2011) Google Books →
  • The Inka Empire and Its Andean Origins
    Craig Morris and Adriana Von Hagen (Abbeville Press, 1993) Google Books →
  • History of the Inca Realm
    M. Rostworowski de Canseco (Cambridge University Press, 1999) Google Books →
  • The Inka Empire: A Multidisciplinary Approach
    I. Shimada (ed) (University of Texas Press, 2015) Google Books →
  • Huarochiri: An Andean Society Under Inca and Spanish Rule
    Karen Spalding (Stanford University Press, 1984) Google Books →
  • Inka History in Knots: Reading Khipus as Primary Sources
    Gary Urton (University of Texas Press, 2017) Google Books →

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Hello (First sentence from this episode) Hello. In 1532 Atahualpa became a ruler of the great Inca Empire that was based high in the Andes of South America and spread along the Pacific coast for over 1500 miles.